Looking to move to a new suburb, or just wondering how your cleaning habits stack up against the rest of the city’s residents?
Well a new study has run its proverbial finger across our mantlepieces and the results are in.
According to research conducted by VIS (the guys behind Middle East Cleaning Technology Week), three parts of town have their homes made spick and span by a cleaning service every other day.
The spotless suburbs in question? Dubai Marina, Arabian Ranches and Mirdif (which makes sense, they’re fairly affluent areas).
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“The last few years has seen a shift towards an increased preference for superior services offered by third party cleaning companies, even if they have a resident maid cleaning for them,” said Jamal Abdullah Lootah, CEO of facilities management company Imdaad.
So if you get an invite for dinner or a sleepover in the spare room in one of those neighbourhoods, you know there won’t be a bed bug in sight.
However that doesn’t mean Dubai homes are without their fair share of pests – the survey estimates that residents use a pest control company once a year. However it’s mostly villas, with ground-floor access for creepy crawlies such as ants and cockroaches, that are usually affected.
(Commercial enterprises like restaurants use pest control about three times a year, a fact we’re not sure if we find reassuring or terrifying).
The survey also looked at the cleanliness of office buildings in Media City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, and Dubai Silicon Oasis.
Results showed a 50-50 split between companies that hired third-party cleaning and those who had building management services.
Offices who had third-party cleaning were tidied at least twice a week, whereas in-house services tended to provide a daily service.
However, germaphobes, you may be more frightened by recent news that your handbag is probably dirtier than a toilet seat.
Right, we’re just off to disinfect our tote in the bathroom…